Weekly jobless claims increase in La.

First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending July 12 increased to 2,984 from the previous week’s total of 2,301.

The state labor department figures released Friday show the comparable week a year earlier, there were 3,764.

The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, increased to 2,617 from the previous week’s total of 2,543.

Continued unemployment claims for the week ending July 12 increased to 22,790 compared to 22,473 the previous week.

The four-week moving average for such claims increased to 21,994 from the previous week’s average of 21,691.